Canberra developer fined after student broke neck on worksite

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A Canberra developer has been fined $180,000 by the ACT Industrial Court following an incident in which a school boy fell from a ladder and broke his neck on a worksite in 2016.

The 16-year-old boy was participating in a school program when he fell six metres through an open void at the Canberra construction site in October 2016.

Magistrate Glenn Theakston said the safety measures around open voids were inadequate.

Falls are a major cause of death and serious injury in Australian workplaces.

Over the eight-year period from 1 July 2003 to 30 June 2011, 232 workers were killed following a fall from a height, 11% of all workers killed over this period, Safe Work Australia figures show.

In 2010–11, 29 workers died following a fall from height equating to 0.25 fatalities per 100 000 workers.

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